Burglarizing backpacker busted

Brazen break-in

A thief broke into an E. 82nd Street home on Oct. 27, taking an assortment of electronics.

Police said that the 18-year-old thief entered the home, which is between Farragut and Glenwood roads, sometime after 8:50 am, not knowing that the owner of the house was only on a short errand.

When the homeowner returned, she saw the teen leaving her home with a heavy backpack. Responding officers found the victim’s laptop computer, cellphone and a video game console in the backpack when they stopped the teen, who was charged with burglary in the second degree, police said.

Chased and robbed

A crew of thieves chased a man through Canarsie on Oct. 27 during a failed mugging.

The victim told police he was nearing the corner of Avenue K and E. 102nd Street at 3:17 pm when the thieves approached and demanded his money.

When he turned to run, the suspects chased him down and went through his pockets, but left empty handed.

One of the thieves, a 17-year-old, was arrested a short time later, police said.

Blade boy bust

Cops have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with a Sept. 27 robbery on E. 95th Street.

Police said that the victim was between Avenue D and Foster Avenue at 7 am when the two thugs approached. One of the thieves flashed a knife, demanding the victim’s backpack.

The two men forced the bag off their victim and ran off, police said. Investigators caught up with one of the thieves this week, charging him with robbery in the first degree. The second man was still at large by late Tuesday.


Thieves broke into Roy H. Mann Junior High School on Oct. 29, taking an undisclosed amount of electronics.

Police said that the thieves forced open a back window sometime after 12:30 am in order to get inside.

Rolling renegades

Two thugs held up a 13-year-old bus commuter on Oct. 25, taking his cellphone.

The victim said his bus was passing the corner of Avenue J and Utica Avenue at 5:15 pm when the thieves boarded the bus and pulled a gun on their victim, taking his property.

Laundry loot

A gun-toting thug raided the Choo Choo Laundry on E. 102nd Street on Oct. 26 during a daring late-night robbery.

Workers at the 24-hour laundromat, which is between Farragut and Glenwood roads, said the thief entered at 12:20 am and pulled a gun on a worker, demanding that he empty the register.

The thief ran off with $200, said police. No injuries were reported.

This was the second time the laundromat had been robbed in a month, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Guns and getaways

A thief pulled a gun on a woman on Avenue N on Oct. 21, but ran off before he could get any money.

The 47-year-old woman was nearing E. 48th Street at 11:35 pm when the man approached her from behind, drew his gun and ordered her to hand over her property.

But before she got a chance to hand over the money the thief lost his nerve and ran off, police said.

Restaurant owner shot

The owner of a Flatlands Avenue Jamaican restaurant was shot in the leg on Oct. 15 following a heated disagreement with some unruly customers.

The owner of Our Place told police that he was in the eatery, which is between Remsen Avenue and E. 89th Street, at 11 pm when the three men came in and started causing a ruckus.

When the victim began arguing with the suspects, one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire, striking him in the leg.

As the gunmen scampered off, their victim was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after treatment.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to come forward.

Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Help wipe out graffiti

As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that can help them arrest neighborhood vandals.

The hefty reward is part of the city’s ongoing push to rid New York of graffiti, the leading quality of life complaint brought to police.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism in their neighborhood is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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